The trails at Margaret Falls before the 2017 flooding which caused extensive damage to the popular attraction. The trail was marked as closed indefinitely on June 2, 2017, with a target of reopening by June 2019. (File photo.)

Margaret Falls trails likely to remain closed through 2018

Fierce flooding in 2017 warrants extensive repairs to Shuswap scenic trail network

A popular destination for residents and visitors to the Shuswap region looks to remain closed through the 2018 hiking season.

Margaret Falls is a scenic trail network located within the Herald Provincial Park that fell victim to the effects of heavy spring runoff and mudslide conditions in the past year. The trail was listed as ‘indefinitely closed’ as of June 2, 2017 and, despite cleanup efforts on the part of the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the trail system remains in rough shape as of early 2018.

Phil McIntyre-Paul, executive director of the Shuswap Trail Alliance, says “we work really closely with BC parks, but because it was such a major impact last season, the repair is huge. They’re having to work through their capital budget program to repair the trail, so I suspect it will be this season or next season, though I’ve heard it sounding more like 2019 before they get the place totally repaired.”

The 2017 flooding of the area caused extensive damage to the trail system at Margaret Falls, completely destroying sections of the trail, tearing bridges from their foundations and even rerouting the river in some locations.

McIntyre-Paul adds, “the good news is that there is lots of new trails to explore across the Shuswap so we’re trying to get word out that they shouldn’t stay away. Margaret Falls will be spectacular but won’t necessarily be repaired right away. That’s part of the flood and the unprecedented events of last season that are taking their toll.”

The ministry released a statement saying, “the trail and facilities will require an engineers assessment and estimate prior to any remedial work being completed, which will take place once current water levels begin to recede.” Adding, “there is a high likelihood that the trail will not be available for public use this season.”

The minsitry’s target date for reopening of the trails at Margaret Falls is June 2019, with an estimated cost of $300,000 to bring the it back to acceptable public safety conditions. Further updates may be found on the Ministry of Environment or BC Parks website as work continues and more information is made available.

Just Posted

Kelowna mayoral candidates stick to their election scripts

Incumbent Colin Basran touts record, challenger Tom Dyas questions Basran’s leadership

Kelowna fire snuffed out quickly

Fire crews quickly snuffed out a non-suspicious fire on Oakaview Road Monday… Continue reading

Kelowna & District Safety Council gets last minute help

City, Pushor Mitchell law firm help Kelowna & District Safety Council, $5,000 still needed.

Public tokers to be singed with fines in West Kelowna

West Kelowna passes bylaw to fine anyone that smokes cannabis in public $500

Experts gather to discuss Okanagan water needs

Kelowna environmental water flows conference Oct. 17-18 has global reach

Sunny skies for the week ahead

Environment Canada is forecasting clear skies for the Okanagan and Shuswap

BCTF wins grievance over teacher shortage in public schools

Arbitrator found Chilliwack school district did not hire enough on-call teachers or librarians

Workers at BC Interior mill strike as negotiations resume in Kelowna

Picket lines went up at 4 a.m Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Tolko Lakeview Division in Williams Lake

Toronto Police ID B.C. man as naked shark tank jumper

David Weaver, of Nelson, is wanted on mischief and assault charges

In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage

Five days after the hurricane slammed into the Florida Panhandle, people are struggling to locate friends and loved ones.

Prince Harry and Meghan start Aussie tour with baby gifts

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

EU’s Barnier hopes Brexit deal possible in ‘coming weeks’

Britain is set to leave the European Union in March, but a Brexit agreement must be sealed in coming weeks to leave enough time for relevant parliaments to ratify it.

Earth samples show dust from B.C. pipeline blast not a health threat: Enbridge

Enbridge says earth sampling shows mineral and metal composition is well below provincial and federal standards for urban and residential areas.

Postal services ready for looming wave of legal cannabis deliveries

Legal cannabis is set to usher in a wave of high-value, age-restricted parcels in the mail system, and delivery companies say they’re ready.

Most Read